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Issue 44, March 2021

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News from Cornell's Viticulture and Enology Program, March 2021

arbuscular mycorrhizae in grape rootsRESEARCH FOCUS

Measure and Manage Crop Load to Meet Your Vine Balance Targets (PDF)

Senior research associate Terry Bates and colleagues provide a road map for managing vines by measuring crop load - the ratio of yield to vine vegetative growth.  30+ years of research provide solid benchmarks for Concord growers. HTML Version

Efficient vineyard logoVIEWPOINT

Disappearing Crop Statistics

The USDA dropped New York grapes from its annual crop estimates in 2018.  Since 2011 there have been no acreage by variety or regional breakdowns of NY grapes.  We need these statistics to track changes in the industry. Printable PDF Version

2011 Acreage surveyRESEARCH FOCUS

How Vineyard Acreage and Varieties in NY have Changed Since the Mid-1950's

70 years of crop statistics tracked changes in New York's grape industry from the mid 1950s to the mid 2010s. These statistics are no longer being collected. Printable PDF Version


V&E’s MPS Students Bring Diverse Skill Sets to the Cornell Community

Cornell University's Master of Professional Studies in Agriculture (MPS) with a specialization in either Viticulture or Enology attracts a diverse student population, providing participants the opportunity to study viticulture and enology at one of the top programs in the world.

SporangiaGRAPES 101

Downy Mildew is caused by an Oomycete. What’s an Oomycete? Why does it matter?

Downy Mildew is not a fungus. Dr. Katie Gold explains why plant pathologists distinguish Oomycetes from fungal pathogens, and why it matters for management.

Spotted Lanternfly - Lawrence Barringer PA Dept AgEXTENSION FOCUS

B.E.V. N.Y. 2021: Global Voices Highlight Remote Conference

B.E.V. NY traditionally takes place in person. This year's format change to a virtual conference allowed a daily mix of business, enology and viticulture sessions, and encouraged cross-pollination between fields for rich discussions.


New Vineyard Management Planning Calendar Provides Easy Access to Seasonal Management Tasks

Cornell Cooperative Extension and Penn State’s Lake Erie Regional Grape Program staff, led by Jennifer Russo, have compiled and distributed a novel management-oriented calendar to growers in the Lake Erie Region.




Researchers Unlock Genetic Clues to Help Grapes Survive Winter
Cornell alumnus Al Kovaleski, a former doctoral student of USDA scientist Jason Londo used the Cornell High Energy Synchrotron Source (CHESS) in Ithaca, NY to help develop a new understanding of grape buds. His images will help researchers understand more about how grape buds protect themselves from freezing using supercooling.